Fire Engulfs Parts of Reserve Forest Near Kodaikanal


Firefighting efforts are being hampered by strong winds that are fanning the flames, said the forest personnel, who did not want to be named since he was not authorised to talk to the press. As many as 100 frontline forest personnel and firefighters are working to put out the flames, earlier news reports had said. The cause of the fire is still unknown. While villagers suspect that a “few hundred acres” might have been affected, forest officials said they would have an estimate of the extent of the fire only once it is put out, The Hindu reported.

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